If data is lost due to deletion, hard disk formatting, or other damage, an up-to-date backup is helpful for recovering deleted files. If this is not available, you need recovery software such as Recuvawhich can restore deleted files under certain conditions. The data recovery program comes from the manufacturer Piriform, who also develops the tools CCleaner and Defraggler.
Which version is for whom?
- Recuva in the free edition free is usually enough to recover accidentally deleted files such as photos and videos.
- The paid Recuva Edition professional offers complementary support for virtual drives and offers updates as well as premium support for one year.
- With the Recuva Business Edition Piriform is aimed at companies and supports data recovery for networks.
Restore deleted files
Windows freeware Recuva can recover e-mails, photos, videos, PDF documents and various other deleted files that have been lost in one way or another. The software can handle not only hard disks and USB sticks, but also SD memory cards, MP3 players, iPods and digital cameras. The prerequisite is that the respective data carrier is recognized as such by the program. With Recuva, however, data recovery is not possible if the storage medium is too damaged or data has been overwritten. If Recuva finds emails from clients such as Thunderbird or Outlook on the hard disk, it restores them as EML files within a ZIP archive.
Depth scan for better search results
If you know that files are missing or have been safely deleted, you should first use Recuva’s fast scan to find them. This does not take too long and is particularly suitable for undamaged data media. If one already knows in advance that the search for the data recovery has to be deeper, one can start a deep scan that is also recommended if the fast scan was unsuccessful. Recuva’s deep scan takes longer, of course, but is more thorough and intensive. The depth scan allows Recuva to find files on a freshly formatted hard drive and then recover deleted files. However, only for a quick formatting, where a new table of contents of the file system is created, otherwise nothing is changed or everything is overwritten with zeros.
Delete data completely and irretrievably
Not only does Recuva recover lost data, it can also completely remove unwanted or unnecessary files. A wiping function makes this possible. In contrast to normal deletion via the Windows Recycle Bin, wiping not only removes the entries in the table of contents of the file system, but also overwrites the individual data blocks of the file to be deleted. This ensures that Recuva cannot recover such a deleted file. If you want to do this intensive cleaning for already “normally” deleted data, Recuva can also help here.
Recuva Editions and Requirements
In addition to the installer version, the recovery software is also available as Recuva Portable as portable software, which can be started from a USB stick without installation. Both variants support both 32- and 64-bit systems. Recuva can handle the Microsoft file systems FAT, NTFS and exFAT. In addition to the free Free Edition for non-commercial, private use, a Professional Edition is available for a fee. In addition to the recovery function and secure deletion, the latter offers technical support and other functions such as the recovery of data on virtual drives.
The freeware setup program may install additional software on your computer. Therefore, make sure during the installation that there are no fields that can be used to prohibit the installation of additional programs. The additional software is downloaded over the Internet and can therefore not be checked by us for viruses, spyware, Trojans or other malware.
If your antivirus software sounds an alarm, please take this seriously and cancel the installation.
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